Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing the Way Organizations Define Leadership

By Moe Grzelakowski
Increasingly, women who are moms are gaining power within organizations, and their performance has been nothing short of remarkable. Their ability to nurture, manage conflict, and network are just some of the skills contributing to their success - skills that are especially valuable in times that call for greater empathy and trust. Indeed, fully half of Fortune magazine's top 20 most powerful women are mothers. tenure as one of the highest-ranking women at AT&T's prestigious Bell Laboratories, Motorola, and Dell, examines the issue of mothers and leadership. Mother Leads Best documents the dramatic changes that take place in an executive woman's leadership style after she has children. It shares the stories of success-driven women who, prior to having kids, were demanding and rigid, and afterwards became much more inspiring and flexible. survey and one-on-one interviews with 50 moms who are CEOs or senior executives at Fortune 100 companies, including Elizabeth Allen, VP, Dell; Ursula Burns, president, Xerox; Meg Whitman, CEO, eBay; Deb Henretta, president, Procter & Gamble; and Maria Magner, senior VP, Microsoft. Readers can follow these examples to become more successful and productive leaders at work, and along the way will learn: Myths and misconceptions about mothers and leadership; How motherhood helps shed the ice queen image; Why mothering skills match the change-management skills required in today's workplace; How the multiple crises of motherhood can help a woman think analytically and act instinctively


EXCERPTS: Mother Leads Best - Part I

Posted March 14, 2005, 4:38 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing The Way Organizations Define Leadership by Moe Grzelakowski Dearborn Trade - March 2005 232 Pages - ISBN 0793195187 I think the Table of Contents explains well how she has organized the book. THE CASE FOR MOTHERHOOD What Moms Can Teach Us About Leadership THE DRAGON LADY SYNDROME THE MOTHERHOOD DECISION PREGNANCY Transitioning to a Softer, More Accountable, More Value-Conscious Style BABIES Nuturing Becomes Second Nature THE TODDLER YEARS Managing Choas ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Developing and Motivating Teams TWEENS Listening At A Higher Level TEENAGERS Coaching with Unconditional Love THE CHARACTER OF A LEADER How Motherhood Brings Out the Best in People APPLYING THE LESSONS OF MATERNAL LEADERSHIP We are going to run a series of excerpts from Chapter 3. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: This Week - 3/14/05

Posted March 14, 2005, 4:12 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Things are somber here in Milwaukee this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people killed and injured in the shooting Saturday in Brookfield. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an extensive article on what happened. Read more


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